Brazil elects far-right pres­i­dent

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

Jair Bol­sonaro, a brash far­right con­gress­man who has waxed nos­tal­gic for Brazil’s old mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship, won the pres­i­dency of Latin Amer­ica’s largest na­tion Sun­day as vot­ers looked past warn­ings that he would erode democ­racy and em­braced a chance for rad­i­cal change af­ter years of tur­moil.

The for­mer army cap­tain be­came the lat­est world leader to rise to power by mix­ing tough, of­ten vi­o­lent talk with hard-right po­si­tions. His vic­tory re­flected wide­spread anger at the po­lit­i­cal class af­ter years of cor­rup­tion.

Sil­via Izquierdo / As­so­ci­ated Press

Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent-elect Jair Bol­sonaro, who was stabbed in Septem­ber, waves af­ter vot­ing last Sun­day.

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